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Joyce W. Lacy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000 x 2750
Joyce W. Lacy completed her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine in 2012. Under the mentorship of Craig Stark, Ph.D, she specialized in high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) of the human medial temporal lobe studying processes that underlie episodic memory. At APU, her research continues to encompass human learning and memory, in particular how we encode memories for one-time events and how the brain deals with interference between similar events. As an alumna of a Christian liberal arts college, Lacy believes in the importance of faith and learning integration. As a Christian neuroscientist, she believes in the need for Christian voices to join the conversation in both science and religion. Outside of academia, she enjoys a good football game, cares about environmental stewardship, and loves trying new foods.


  • Ph.D. – Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine, 2012
  • B.A. – Psychology, Gordon College, 2007


Honors College

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Psychology


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • fMRI Research
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neurobiology and Behavior

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 110 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 362 – Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 390 – Cognition
  • PSYC 470 – Introduction to Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 475 – Research Methods Practicum I